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Publisher's Summary

In the medieval and fantastic realm of Tortall, Keladry of Mindelan (known as Kel) is the first girl to take advantage of the decree that permits females to train for knighthood. Up against the traditional hazing of pages and a grueling schedule, Kel faces only one real roadblock: Lord Wyldon, the training master of pages and squires. He is absolutely against girls becoming knights. So while he is forced to train her, Wyldon puts her on probation for one year. It is a trial period that no male page has ever had to endure and one that separates the good-natured Kel even more from her fellow trainees during the tough first year. But Kel is not a girl to underestimate, as everyone is about to find out.
©1999 Tamora Pierce (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the critics say

"A splendidly rousing feast." ( Booklist)
"This is smooth storytelling and a satisfying read." ( School Library Journal)

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Journeying with Kel

I have finished my first adventure with Kel and I enjoyed it. i have always enjoyed school adventures and Tammy has once more added other elements I love - knights, magic, and royalty.

I enjoyed this one very much.

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Girl-centric coming of age story.

Perhaps my favourite of Tamora Pierce's series'. Strong female characters, decent narration. Good beginning to a great series.
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The protector of the small quartet Book #1

Did not Love it, but it is a first book in a series. Which tend not to be my favourite.
I have heard Bearnadette Dunne read other books she is a good reader.

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  • 2016-08-24

Narration does not fit the story

If you've never read the books, the narration might not be too bad. If you have read the books, her depiction of Kel is jarring. She almost makes Kel sound whiny, which is far from how Tamora Pierce portrays the character. I love this story, hate the narration.

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  • Cait Murphy
  • 2016-10-19

interesting story

The story itself was very well written.

but having read the book before it took me a while to get used to the narrators voice for the characters, especially Kel's.

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  • Tabitha Foster
  • 2017-02-18

good

The narrator kept changing the pronunciation of the names. By the end she got it right.

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  • Vincent
  • 2016-11-20

Bernadette

If you could sum up First Test in three words, what would they be?


Where does First Test rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This story is a wonderful contribution to the Tortall universe, and an amazing call back to my still beloved Alanna series. However I have to say Bernadette doesn't do it justice. Numair and many other "adult" characters either have a raspy voice, or a full blown "old man" croak. all the boys speak in the came voice, and Kel herself sounds exactly like one of the extra boy voices. TL;DR: Bernadette has ONE voice, and it's her own. Long live Trini Avarado.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bernadette Dunne?


Unfortunately she does this entire quartlet. so I kind of have to.

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  • 2021-06-12

back to tortall

I have loved her work since I was 13 and I have no intention of stopping now. Tamera pierce brings us back to tortall 1 year after realms of the gods and I'm glad to be back!

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  • Karen
  • 2012-07-23

Loved it

I loved all the charactors in the book. Found myself listening to it twice because I tend to miss areas while working. I purchased the second in the series as soon as I was done, and I'm now on the forth in the series.

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  • AJJS
  • 2022-06-24

still a favorite of mine

I've been listening to and reading these books since I was a kid and now as an adult I still love revisiting them at least once if not twice a month

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  • Amazon Customer-Tara S.
  • 2022-05-15

Tamora Pierce is an artist!

Kel's story is as wonderful now as it was the first time I read it nearly 20 years ago

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  • Sam Hartmann
  • 2021-12-12

A Story For All Ages

I fell in love with Tamora Pierce through this book as a teenager and frequently revisit her stories as an adult. Bernadette Dunne is the perfect foil to bring Keladry to live.

This is a coming of age story for a young girl Kel as she navigates being the first girl page who hasn’t had to hide her sex in a century. She fights for her place among the boys proving not only is she as good as them, she has the makings of a great knight.

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  • Britta
  • 2021-12-08

engaging, enjoyable listen

well written story, reader is engaging. looking forward to the next book in the series.